Government Violations Against European Media

# of Violations against the Media of Country datacards mapped by page name




2015 has become the one of the most difficult years for press and speech freedom in modern Europe. On the morning of Jan. 7, two brothers who were later identified as members of Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, forced themselves into the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, shooting and killing 11 members of the satirical magazine's staff, and injuring 11 more. On Feb. 14, a gunman killed one civilian and wounded three police officers at a public event called "Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression" at a Danish cultural center in Copenhagen.

In conjunction with the European Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, London-based NGO, Index on Censorship, has recorded the major violations made by European governments against journalists in both 2014 and 2015, many violent, several involving arrests, and some resulting in death. 

This data shows that the number of violations is not connected to the region the country belongs to, but rather is related to the nature of the country's government. For example Turkey and Hungary, both countries with notoriously strict and oppressive governments, have the highest number of instants of direct censorship across Europe. 

Interestingly, this data map shows that government's in even seemingly liberal have cracked down on it's media freedom of speech. Countries like the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Belgium has a substantial number of violations against the media in 2014 and 2015. 

Ultimately, its the European countries with a longstanding track record of corruption that are seeing the highest numbers of these infringements, even though their spread out from one another. Supporter of international journalists and the universal right to free speech hope that Index on Censorship's aggregation of data can bring about strong awareness and change. 

# of Violations against the Media in 2014/2015


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